A fifth (19 percent) of employees do not know how their employer would support them if they were absent through ill-health or injury, 16 percent think that their employer provides no support and nine percent said they would only receive Statutory Sick Pay of £96.35 per week. This is according to new research from GRiD, the industry body for the group risk protection sector.
Statutory Sick Pay doesn’t go far at all, and people dealing with sickness and injury can face a huge financial burden, which can be counter-productive to recovery. It’s important for employers to look at what support they offer staff and be aware of employee benefits that can help them fulfil the promise in their contracts of employment to support staff who are ill. Equally important is that this is communicated to all staff, as the research shows that most are in the dark.
Katharine Moxham, spokesperson for GRiD said: “Not only do employers now have to tell new employees about their sick pay entitlement by day one of employment, but good practice dictates that they shouldn’t assume that their existing staff are fully informed on this. It’s really important that all employees, whether new or long-standing, know how employers will look after them should they become ill or injured. Sharing this information with staff is also beneficial as it demonstrates employers’ compassion for staff both within the workplace and in a broader sense too.”
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